Thursday Theology: September 10, 2020

Co-Missioners, Steve Kuhl, a frequent contributor of late, serves an Episcopal congregation in South Milwaukee, not all that from Kenosha, Wisconsin. He sends along a reflection he wrote for his parishioners about the recent turmoil there. He’ll provoke your thinking too—or so we trust. Peace and Joy, The Crossings Community A letter from Steve Kuhl Dear Christian Friends, …

Thursday Theology: September 3, 2020

Co-Missioners, “Discover a different way of seeing and responding to the Coronavirus pandemic, an approach drawing on Scripture, Christian history, and the way of living, thinking, and praying revealed to us by Jesus.” So says the Amazon blurb about the latest book by N.T. Wright, the world’s busiest New Testament scholar. We asked the busiest reader we know, …

God’s Peace/God’s Justice: Episode 6

Jesus said to love your neighbor as yourself and he always welcomed children. Bruce Modahl enthusiastically talks about how his congregations did just that: from the children who are baptized into the the family of Christ to a refugee family that his congregation lovingly ministered to and cared for. Be sure to like us on Facebook! And Subscribe …

Thursday Theology: August 27, 2020

Co-Missioners, Here’s another “golden oldie,” as its author would have called it. We found it lurking in our library. It will startle as much or more today as it did when it first saw light forty-four years ago. Is there a one of us who has dared to think of ourselves in terms like these? To believe is …

Thursday Theology: August 20, 2020

Co-Missioners, Today we share what might be called an exercise in devotional theology. It comes from our editor, Jerome Burce. Back in March, when the church he serves shut down its regular operations, he started posting a daily devotion to the congregation’s Facebook page (“Messiah Lutheran Church of Fairview Park”). That’s one way of working from home, as …

God’s Peace/God’s Justice: Episode 5

Similar to the movie “The Sixth Sense”, Marcus Felde sees the Gospel everywhere. He simply can’t not see it. And we’re overjoyed that he shares a number of important memorable moments where he has felt God’s peace and love as a pastor, including Ash Wednesday and Good Friday services, and the end of his time at Timothy …

Thursday Theology: August 13, 2020

Co-Missioners, We take you this week for another dip in our library, where we dredged up a twenty-nine year old article that Ed Schroeder wrote for Lutheran Women Today, an erstwhile publication of the ELCA. You’ll wonder, perhaps, why we bother you with it. It seems on the surface to be altogether irrelevant to the urgencies of our …

Thursday Theology: August 8, 2020

Co-Missioners, Today’s offering by our mission correspondent, Richard Gahl, will introduce you to the theologian who is credited with putting the term missio Dei—the mission of God—at the center of missiological conversation over the past several decades. Peace and Joy, The Crossings Community Georg Vicedom’s “The Lord’s Prayer: A Prayer for Mission” A Review by Richard Gahl Georg …

God’s Peace/God’s Justice: Episode 4

Chad Bird talks about growing up in a church that focused predominantly on the Law and the impression that made on him. He contrasts this experience with hearing the Gospel preached in churches he has attended as an adult. Both experiences informed the belief he shares with Martin Luther — We have to (and get to!) hear …

Thursday Theology: July 30, 2020

Co-Missioners, We’re pleased to send you a meaty, down-to-earth reflection on one of this summer’s hot issues in the U.S. Our thanks to Steven Kuhl for thinking it through and writing it out. A reminder that thoroughly Lutheran Steve is the rector of St. Mark’s Church, an Episcopal congregation in South Milwaukee. Peace and Joy, The Crossings Community …